OT Overview Devotions (Week 10: Deut 28-31)
We’re about to skip forward 40 years to Deuteronomy 28, one of the great summaries of the Covenant that God makes with Israel through Moses (the Mosaic Covenant). But before we do that, what has happened since the heart-breaking events of Numbers 13 & 14? *Hint: Take a quick look at the headings of the chapters since Numbers 14.
Has God been faithful to what He has said He would do? What difference does having a God who follows through on what He says make to you today? Speak to our faithful God about His character and what it means to you.
Read Deuteronomy 28:1-14. What are the main areas or categories in which Israel will be blessed if she obeys God? How do these compare with the promises made to Abraham? How do these contrast with the curses which followed the Fall?
Read Deuteronomy 28:15-68. What are the main categories in which Israel will be cursed if she doesn’t obey God? How do these consequences contrast with the promises made to Abraham? How do these compare with the curses which followed the Fall?
How do the consequences of not obeying God fit with all God has done for Israel since Abraham (see particularly 28:58-68)?
Read Deuteronomy 28 again and 29:1-9. How would you feel if you were the new generation of Israel hearing this? What is the big thing we should take away from 28:1-29:9?
Read Deuteronomy 30. What does 30:1-6 in particular add to what we’ve seen so far in 28:1-29:9?
Israel is presented a choice in 30:11-20. How would you respond if you were presented the same choice today, given what we’ve seen so far in the Overview? What does it mean for us to choose life today?
Read Deuteronomy 31. This is a key passage as Moses hands over the leadership of Israel to Joshua. What do both the LORD and Moses say will happen after Moses dies?
What is the significance of Joshua taking over Moses? Putting yourself in Joshua’s shoes, exactly what are you commissioned to do, and how do you feel about the task given to you? What is the LORD saying to us in these few chapters? Respond to Him in prayer.